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The Clandestine Circle: Crossroads [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary H. Herbert
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July 1 2000 Crossroads (Book 1)
Rose Knight Linsha Majere, working undercover for the Solamnics' Clandestine Circle, earns a place on the elite bodyguard of Hogan Bight, the mysterous lord governor of Sanction. She quickly learns the governor is not the only one who needs protection in a city threatened by an active volcando about to erupt, a death ship filled with an unknown plague, the ever-watchful Legion Steel, and the subversive Knights of Neraka. But who will protect Linsha from her own heart?

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4.0 out of 5 stars Among the best that I have read April 23 2002
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I am addicted to Dragon Lance novels and Mary Herbert, in my opinion, is one of the best Dragon Lance authors that I have ever seen. The clearness of her prose makes her characters seem as if they are sitting right next to you as you read her tale. You will be left wondering why things are happening and awaiting with baited breath the next turn of the page. For Dragon Lance addicts, like myself, this is one of the best Dragon Lance books that I have seen in a long long time. The only reason that I have not given it five stars is because Mary Herbert is no Margret Weiss. She could stand to learn a bit from the acknowledged master of fantasy literature.
If you have not read any Dragon Lance before this one, go back and read Dragons of Autumn Twilight and the rest of the Chronicles and Legends sub-series first. The new reader will be a bit confused by the presence of the dragons and the references to Caramon, Tika and Palin. Needless to say this is not an entry book into the Dragon Lance saga.
For those of you are mildly interested in the Dragon Lance saga this one will hook you as it did me. Please be sure to have read the Chronicles, Legends, Dragons of a Summer Flame and the Dragons of a New Age trilogy before you read this one. This one will convert most people to addicts like me.
Now for a small snippet of the tale. The town is Sanction where Linsha Majere has been assigned by the Solmanic Nights to the Clandestine Circle, which has intern sent her to be Lord Bight's body guard. There appears to be something fishy about the governor of the town. Before she realizes what is happening, the governor is not the only one that needs to be saved. Slowly she works her way deeper and deeper into a wired mystery that is Lord Bight.
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The story takes place in the big and hot city of Sanction, with Linsha Majere as the main character. Linsha Majere works for a secret Solamnian organisation called The Clandestine Circle, with the purpose to spy on Sanction's governor, Hogan Bight.
Linsha Majere becomes drastically one of Hogan Bights bodyguards. Linsha's job for the Circle, is to spy on the governor and find the source for his power.
The setting is (as described above) set in Sanction, a city with enemies from every corner. Among those enemies are The Solamnic Knights, The Dark Knights, the Legion of Steel, and a mysterious plague, which threatens to destroy the whole population of Sanction.
The whole story is told from the perspective of Linsha Majere, who has her own personal problems. Love worries, among other things... The best thing in the book is when Linsha discovers Durnes betrayal, after having spent several nights in his bed. I also liked the scene were Bight and Linsha meets the great dragon Onysablet (also called Sable).
I think this is one of the better Dragonlance books. It served lots of intrigue, mystery and a well structured plot with lots of depth. This was indeed a most enjoyable book, that should fit every Dragonlance fans expectations, and also the fantasy freaks demands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who works for who? July 16 2000
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Another good informative DL book, I seem to be reading a lot of those lately. This story involved quite a few elements, including a plague, the Knights of Solamnia 'spying' on Hogan Bight, the Knights of Takhisis, and the Legion of Steel. The Legion of Steel stuck in the middle of this information battle while trying to help the common people. The Knights of Takhisis trying to overrun Sanction and kill Lord Bight. And last Hogan Bight himself, the mysteriously powerful Lord Governor of Sanction.
Stuck in the middle of all this chaos is the Knight of the Rose Linsha Majere (daughter of Palin and Usha). Linsha was an interesting character, but I was saddened to find that her problem solving skills were so low. The only part of this novel that I didn't like was that Linsha seemed not able to put two and two together while some of the mysteries were very obvious through out the whole book.
But that damage is easily repaired by finally getting to see the secrets of Hogan Bight. The very cool Lord Governor of Sanction that can control the Volcanoes around the city of Sanction and loves the city and it's people more than anything else in his life (except maybe a good swim).
Mary Herbert has turned into one of my favorite DL authors, right at the top with Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Richard A. Knaak. I can't wait for her next DL novel (title Dragon's Bluff I believe) to come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Following the bloodline Dec 6 2002
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As much as War of Souls follows the giant sweeping epic arcs of Krynn, it is good to be able to watch what the children of the original Dragonlance Chronicles heroes are doing... or in this case one particular grandchild.
That in and of itself does not make for a good book. But what did make this book good was a good solid storyline, interesting characters, and enough intrigue to keep you going from chapter to chapter.
I don't mean to spoil anything but not all details get resolved, but it does leave enough open for a true sequel (rather than the following Crossroads novels which are separate stories) that I would be very much inclined to read.
A few of the details are easy to figure out on your own in this book, and there are a few details you want to slap the main character for not seeing. But to be able to read through the boatload of events going on in one city existing in the location in Ansalon that screams 'Please Gods! Destroy us now!' is very much the treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I am a loyal dragonlance reader. this book keeps my passion alive. well written and highly recommended. l look forward to the rest of the series.
Published 9 days ago by Reginald E. Gilbert
3.0 out of 5 stars A boring series
I was so looking forward to this trilogy. The look of it just promised a great read....but lead to such a disappointment. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2002 by Andy. Gillum
5.0 out of 5 stars Linsha Majere, Knight of the Rose!
This has got to be one of the best Dragonlance novels I have ever read. Bar None! Linsha Majere is ordered my the Solmanics Clandestine Circle to get as close to Lord Bight as... Read more
Published on June 25 2002 by Fallensbane
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, flat and ultimately unsatisfying
First, a disclaimer: I'd been away from the fantasy genre for quite a while when I picked up this book on a whim recently. Read more
Published on April 25 2001 by Eric Moser
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up two nights
This book was so good, I couldn't sleep for two days because I had to know what happened in the end. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2000 by "legolas_gimli"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, great story
If you're a fan of Krynn and its many stories, this book is a must-read for you! Not only does it feature some great characters, but it also brings in some faces (and places)... Read more
Published on July 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A deceptively interesting book indeed
The Clandestine Circle is not your ordinary Dragonlance novel. If you're looking for a book with a bunch of dragons, battles, and such things, you might want to skip The... Read more
Published on July 7 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best
I just got this book the lastest one out by dragonlance. It was not the best dragonlance book i've read and ive read them all.
Published on July 6 2000 by josh
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